How to select/get drop down option in Selenium 2

I am converting my selenium 1 code to selenium 2 and can’t find any easy way to select a label in a drop down menu or get the selected value of a drop down. Do you know how to do that in Selenium 2?

Here are two statements that work in Selenium 1 but not in 2:"//path_to_drop_down", “Value1”); browser.getSelectedValue("//path_to_drop_down");

Take a look at the section about filling in forms using webdriver in the selenium documentation and the javadoc for the Select class.

To select an option based on the label:

Select select = new Select(driver.findElement(By.xpath("//path_to_drop_down")));

To get the first selected value:

WebElement option = select.getFirstSelectedOption()
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